I have a Dell studio laptop that has windows
vista home premium installed on it.
The vista suddenly got corrupted. The only
thing that happened was that the battery got
drained and the computer shut down. After
that, I connected it to the power adapter and
Since then, Vista has been stuck on the
welcome screen and it does not get to the
desktop. Vista asks the admin to login and
after entering the password, it gets stuck on
welcome screen. Even system restore is not
I basically have a lot of important data that I
need to backup.
Is there any way for me to do this?
I only have one partition on my laptop and this
partition has all my data and it also has vista
installed on it.
I can access the cmd but not the desktop and
the start etc menus.
I do have the vista boot CD that dell provided
with the laptop.
However, I think re-installing vista on the same
partition may erase all data. I am not sure
about this. I don't want to try it out until I am
sure else it will erase all data.
I have an external HDD and just want to
transfer the data somehow from my laptop
HDD to the external one, if possible.
After that I don't mind scraping vista and/or
Please let me know if this is somehow
possible and what all things to try.